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which it is eminently desirable that at tian youth of Britain, who mourn because this period they should cherish-accept of the sins and the afflictions of their ing an assurance, that every hint suggested country, to devote, at least for a season, is deeply felt by the writer, who must an hour on every Saturday evening to candidly disclaim that authority to speak intercession on its behalf? Might not a which is given by days and a multitude hope be reasonably indulged that the tenof years; but who solicits their attention der mercy which yearned over Ephraim on the plea of similarity of feeling and of old, might even now declare, “I will anticipation, and with a desire that the not execute the fierceness of mine anger; present dispensations may promote the I will not destroy Britain ;” and if the sanctity, the devotedness, and the spirit- cloud should burst, might we not expect uality of the younger members of Christ's that the bow of mercy would rest upon church.
it ? The appearances of present events The young ought also to be stimulated to loudly call for decision of character and holy zeal in the cause of God; not that of conduct in the young. “Choose ye this spurious fervour, the offspring of ignorance day whom ye will serve," is reiterated by and inexperience, which consumes itself almost every occurrence. The powers of in profitless research, or wastes.its strength darkness, as if conscious that the period in the investigation and zealous reception of their exertion is drawing to a close, of every new and plausible theory which seem to put forth redoubled energy; intrudes itself into the circles of profeseverything indicates an approaching sors of Christianity; but that holy zeal, crisis; disease, which in the language of enkindled at the heavenly altar, kept alive an accurate observer of its symptoms, and fed by a sense of grateful constraining “begins where other maladies end, and love to the Redeemer, and compassionate levels the death-blow at once,” is silently diffusive love to fellow-sinners, which will stealing upon us, and without indulging enliven and pervade every department of unwarrantable apprehension, we cannot Christian exertion. Oh! it is this holy, but regard its spread as possible; for this animating principle which we want, personal security, therefore, now, without to give efficiency to the moral machinery delay, decision of character, an unreserved that at present is employed in the Chrissurrender of the heart to God, is neces- tian world. If with hearts renewed and sary; and for the honour of his cause, sanctified by grace, and warmed with this and the defence of his truth, decision of principle of zeal and love, we did but conduct, in an open avowal of attachment enter upon our Sabbath-school engageto bis service, and a strict and uncompro- ments, our tract distributions, our visits mising adherence to the dictates of the to the sick, the ignorant, and the poor, law and the testimony, is now our pecu should we so often have to lament, that liar privilege and our imperative duty. the amount of success and benefit is so In times of peril and fearful anticipation, small ? But our own hearts and feelings we must gather round Him, who is at must be engaged; it must be an object of once our Leader and our defence; here is visible and predominant interest with the noblest occupation for the energies ourselves, if we would, by the blessing of and the enterprise of youth; and here we God, reach the hearts of others. possess an assurance, that the cause with Beloved young friends, we earnestly which we identify ourselves shall triumph, appeal to you--where is this holy zeal so even amidst the confusion of nations and appropriate as in those who in these times the destruction of all that is sublime and are just entering on a course of action, beautiful on earth.
and who have themselves been early called The aspect of the affairs both of the by the grace of God? We appeal to the church and the world should excite, par- tenderest sympathies of your nature. ticularly in the minds of the young, a Possessed yourselves of an everlasting spirit of earnest supplication. If those habitation, the security of which seems who have reached the meridian or the de- only enhanced in value by the turmoil of cline of life feel incited to stand between earth, does not an ardent and unquenchthe “ porch and the altar and weep,” able desire arise within you, that those it surely demands from those, over the around you may enjoy its security? Now, morning of whose day such clouds gather, let us hear the voice of the Lord, and arise a spirit of earnest and united prayer. to humble, self-denying, and untiring ex
Would it be an unhallowed or imprac ertion. Let us go forth, and the Lord our ticable union, were a portion of the Chris God be with us!
And if the eye of any individuals should glance on these lines, who have not yet determined on which side they shall enlist, whether on that of the Prince of Light or the powers of darkness, they will-be wise to remember, that whatever may be the bearing of present events, a
period is approaching when the throne of the Redeemer shall be universally established upon the earth; and all who have opposed other claims to his dominion, must either humbly bow beneath his sceptre, or be crushed beneath the ruins of their own idol.
A WIDOW'S HEART SINGING FOR JOY.
A DINT TO THE READERS OF THB EVANGELICAL MAGAZINB. What has been the cause of this feli- value received. It is the cheapest public city ?-who have been the favoured indi- cation extant. The book is full of inforviduals that have produced it? You may mation. Many are now in heaven whose well ask that question; for some are so thoughts were first directed thither by poor, and some are so disconsolate, and means of the Evangelical Magazine. One others are so bowed down and afflicted, of the most delightful Christians now since the day they became widows, that living was thus led to the Saviour. It not it almost seems like a miracle to hear only makes widows' hearts to sing for them sing for joy. And yet the Trustees joy, but the hearts of many others are of the Evangelical Magazine have good made glad by it; and it does appear most authority for saying it, and they publish it desirable to increase its circulation. How to the world, that the profits of their Ma- can it be done? Who can lay down a gazine have produced all this and more. plan which should prove effectual? Who
Perhaps it is not generally known that can give us an idea which shall at once the profits of this Magazine are devoted strike every mind, and increase the numchiefly to the support of the widows of ber of the Evangelical Magazine to forty godly ministers of various denoming thousand in the year 1832?. I thought tions. Hence, in the list of persons just now that I had the idea, but it is who are aided by its funds, we see gone. Perhaps some of my more favoured the names of Episcopalians, Presbyte- fellow-servants will catch it, and have it rians, Independents, and Methodists. It immediately printed. Query : Are there is true, the sum which they receive is a thousand congregations in Britain that small, far too small. Two shillings take this Magazine! Then something a week is a good deal to a person who like this would do it :-Let has nothing, yet it is almost painful to put it into the hands of one who has
100 congregations take 100 copies 10.000
each s lived in comfort--who has conducted her
ditto 80 do. 8,000 self as one of the excellent of the earth
100 ditto 60 do. 6,000 who has been the succourer and helpmeet 100
50 do. 5,000 of one of Christ's devoted servants-who 100
40 do. 4,000 has been, and still is, a mother in Israel ! 100 ditto
20 do. 2,000 But if it is possible, with so small a sum,
15 do. 3.000 to make a widow's heart sing for joy, then
2,000 surely something should be done to make
1000 more widows joyful, by multiplying the
40,000 number of beneficiaries; or else make those who do already sing, to sing a great I believe that erery good minister of deal more, by enlarging the benefaction. Jesus Christ would be thankful if he could
The writer belongs to one of the smallest make the widow's heart to sing for joy. Protestant congregations in Christendom, And I do not know a private Christian yet they take forty numbers of this peri who would not bless God for honouring odical. What is the price of it? Why it him as the instrument of so good a work. does not cost a farthing a day. This is Well, then, beloved, here it is. The innot a great sum. How many are there in strument is at hand. Take it, and use it our congregations who could part with a manfally. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth farthing and not feel it? Besides, the to do, do it with thy might; for there is money is not given in charity. it is for RO work, por derio, nor knowledge, ror
wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest." Eccles. ix. 10.
N. B. If this plan should succeed, it is the earnest hope of the writer that the trustees will give more than two shillings a week to many of the honoured and excellent, but, bereaved widows, who now receive assistance.
R. K. We may just add to the excellent and in. teresting statement of our valuable friend and correspondent, Mr. Knill, of St. Peters. burgh, that the Trustees of the Magazine have never, up to the present moment, rejected the application of one widow, whose circumstances and character placed her within the rules of distribution. The period has Dow arrived, however, when, from the great increase of the widows of evangelical ministers, they will be under the painful necessity of declining to augment the list of those amiable and devoted persons who look to them for succour in their time of need. Will it not,
then, be a most acceptable service to the Master, to fall in with the suggestion of his devoted servant on a far distant shore ? If, instead of 18 or 20,000, the circulation of the Magazine could be raised to 40,000, the Trustees, who now distribute seven or eight hundred pounds per annum, among the widows of pious ministers, might be able, at least, to say out the sum of £2,000, in augmenting the comforts and relieving the distresses of the same interesting and deserving class of society. It is matter of great joy to the Trustees that they are under no apprehension of being unable to continue their present distributions ; but, with Mr. Knill, they long to be able to extend the sphere of their bene. ficence, by placing on their books the names of at least ONE HUNDRED MORE WIDOWS. It is for the pastors of churches, in town and country, to determine that this shall be done; and before the present year shall have closed the sale of this Magazine will double its present number.-The EDITOR.
A LITTLE CONGREGATION.
A HINT FOR MISSIONS. Mr. Editor,
not quite three-farthings a day! Surely The writer of this note belongs to a this is triAling with God, and with mis. little congregation — so small, that you sions. But why mention Devon, it may would scarcely think of calling it a con- be enquired ? I do not know, except it gregation. If you were to see it, you be that I love Devonshire and Devonshire would smile and say, “ That is not a con people above all others, and therefore gregation-it is a handful !” And yet it could wish them to eclipse every other is stated in the Report of the London part of the world in their zeal for the ReMissionary Society, that we send to that deemer. Society more than all the congregations In looking over the Report, I frequentof East Devon, including the ancient and ly find the same cold-handed charity, and “always faithful"* city of Exeter.
in some places worse. The whole county In reading this, it did not strike me of Bedford does not furnish £100. This that my friends do too much, and I hope is much to be lamented, not so much for I shall never think so; but it struck me the money as for the state of mind which that our Devonshire friends do too little. it discovers. If their hearts were burnThey say they are not their own, but ing, the state of the funds would be very Christ's; and, as a proof of it, they give different. Matthew Henry says, “ Deep to the London Missionary Society £130. impressions produce strong expressions." They say, they are bought with a price, Yes, indeed they do, and particularly in and therefore bound to glorify their pure every thing concerning the Lord Jesus. chaser in their bodies and their spirits, Archbishop Leighton remarks, “You must which are his; and as a proof of it, they not judge of a man's gifts by the size of give a penny where they could give a his estate, but by the size of his heart;" pound. They say, that the cause of and it is only in this way that we can acChrist ought to be considered by every count for the fact, that men who earn Christian as his own cause, and should be their bread by the sweat of their brow, as dear to him as his heart's blood ; and frequently devote more to the cause of as a proof of it, the country Squire will God than their rich neighbours. This devote a round sum of £1 per annum, difference arises from the size of their that is, rather more than a halfpenny, but hearts. I hope every one of my readers
will pray for a great heart, and soon bave *“ Semper fidem” is the įnscription on the their prayers answered. Amen city armas
A DEVONSHIRR Man.
SUNDAY-SCHOOLS PATRONISED BY AN EMPRESS. The person who conveys one good idea parents of the scholars were either poor to the mind, or produces one good desire or careless. I gave him half-a-guinea for in the heart of a fellow-creature, confers books. a blessing infinitely more valuable than Braunton. In this place I first drew the discovery of a gold-mine. No mortal the breath of life. It is an extensive can conceive what benefits may flow from parish, and great good has been done in it, both in this world and in that which is it by the labours of various ministers, and to come. I write in hope that some will also by the multiplied efforts of Mr. be benefited by my communication that Evans, a shopkeeper. It was this good a few at least will arise from the perusal man who first directed me to Jesus, and of it with a holy determination to attempt at his house I first felt my need of a Samore than ever for the advancement of the viour. The school at this place amounts Divine glory.
to more than 100 scholars. I begin with observing that Sunday Clovelly. A fishing village on the night is generally a sleepless night with western side of Barnstaple Bay, once very me, arising from the excitement and la- dark; but within a few years a great change bours of the past day. During one of has been effected, through the Divine these sleepless nights, my thoughts wan- blessing on the labours of the Methodists dered back to the scenes of my early days, and the Home Missionary Society. A and when I arose I penned the following Sunday-school is in operation here. particulars, which I presented to my C ombmartin.--Here I preached in 1820, friends.
and left some books to form a lending A deeply interesting subject at present library. They have a small meeting-house occupies my mind, and I shall consider and a Sunday-school. it a peculiar favour if you will help me Croyde.—Here my cousin resides, of to accomplish my wishes respecting it. whose conversion I lately received so in
When I was young the place of my teresting an account. They have a neat nativity, and numerous villages which little chapel and a Sunday-school. In surrounded us, were enveloped in gross 1820 I distributed £5 among the scholars, moral darkness. I never heard of more which sum was given to me for that purthan one pious person living at that time pose by the Hon. Mrs. Welman, in any of those places; but it has pleased Hartland. -A very extensive parish. God since that period to make a glorious It lies at the point of the Bay. They change. At present, I believe, there are a have preaching every week. They have few pious people in all these villages. In also a Sunday-school. I gave a zealous the greater part of them the gospel is young lady, called Miss Smith, half-apreached, and each village has its Sunday- guinea to commence this school in 1820. school, which, like so many rays of light, Loveacott.--Here resides Miss King, direct the youthful part of the inhabitants whom I have often mentioned as the first to the life-giving Saviour. It is to assist person who was brought to the Saviour these Sunday-schools that I particularly through my instrumentality. Shortly after desire your aid. I will mention their her conversion she begun a Sunday-school names and a few particulars. The places in this village, and from thence the word are arranged alphabetically. - of the Lord has sounded out to many
Abbotsham. In the year 1814 I preach other places. They have now a chapel ed three times at this place, in a grove. and weekly prayer-meetings. About two For some time after my departure the years ago I sent them £5 to pay the last people met in a private room for worship bill which they owed for the erection of on Lord's-day evenings; now they have their chapel. a small meeting-house and a Sunday- Northam. This was the first scene of school.
my labours, whither I went in 1810 and Berrynarbor. - In the year 1820 I 1811, in turn with two other disciples on preached at this place to a house full of a Sunday evening, to read a sermon in a people. They had preaching frequently, private room, for which we gave thirty and a pious mechanic who resided in the shillings a year; now they have a chapel place kept a Sunday-school. This good and a Sunday-school. man told me that he was often in the Westdown. - I visited this place in greatest straits for books, as his own 1820, and conversed and prayed with a family required all his earnings, and the young man and his sister who were seek
ing the Lord. They were brought into all crowned heads will be nursing-fathers this happy state through the conversation and nursing-mothers of these institutions. and example of Miss King. I furnished The work must begin somewhere, and I them with books for a lending library, think it a peculiar honour that it began in and I have since heard that they have the way above-mentioned. This very grapreaching and a Sunday-school.
tifying increase to my funds enabled me Wrafton.-There has been a Sunday. to purchase, in addition to the school. school at this place for thirteen years, and books, twenty-two Bibles and forty-four great good has been done in it. The Testaments; that is, two Bibles and four zealous young people who conduct it Testaments to each school. On the cover have often been cheered by visible proofs of the Bibles to be inscribed, “ The Gift that God is with them, yet they stand in of her Imperial Majesty the Empress of need of the assistance of their fellow Russia.” On the cover of the Testaments Christians. I have subscribed twenty shil- to be inscribed, “ The Gift of an English lings a-year to this school for some years Lady at the Court of Russia." past, and in a joint letter which the young people lately wrote to me they say, “ The
REFLECTIONS main-spring of our support is in a foreign 1. Where a man is actively employed land.”
in endeavouring to do good, he will meet N.B. These places are all marked on a with many things quite unexpectedly, large map of England, except Loveacott, which concur to strengthen his hands and which is in the parish of Frunington, near
encourage his heart-things which he Barnstaple river.
would never have seen nor heard of if he I afterwards wrote the following note had not been so engaged. to a lady who is the keeper of the ward, 2. A man who attempts nothing will robe of her Imperial Highness, the Grand see no interpositions of Providence in his Duchess Helen :
favour, will have nothing to record, no“ Dear Friend, I hope you will not thing to excite his gratitude, nothing to forget the interesting case which I men stimulate to action. Indolence is a worm tioned to you respecting the eleven Sun at the root, a canker which mars the day-schools in as many different villages beauty and renders fruitless every thing in our native land. If you would plead into which it enters. the cause with your benevolent friends, I 3. The man who wishes to be useful think, surely, you could get twenty-five must make up his mind to meet with roubles from your own palace, and twenty- many crosses, and difficulties, and disapfive from dear Mrs. Kazasshy and her pointments, and insults, and things not friends (in the Emperor's palace). If I pleasing to flesh and blood; but if these could obtain this it would enable me, things are met in a proper spirit they will with what I have already, to give £i to not cool his ardour nor hinder his usefuleach school for books, and one Bible to ness; yea, rather, they will inflame his each school to be given to that scholar zeal, awaken his compassion, stimulate who shall repeat the 3rd and 4th chapters him to greater activity, and render him a of St. John best, after a given time, ap- more efficient workman. Faith sees no pointed by the teachers. Thus we should impossibilities. It esteems iron as straw, be setting almost all the children in and brass as rotten wood. The arrow eleyen villages learning these two pre- cannot make it flee; sling-stones are cious chapters. Please to think of this, turned by it into dust; darts are counted and implore help and success from the as stubble; it laugheth at the shaking of Lord, your Redeemer.
a spear. The soldier who has had no “ May 13, 1831.”
conflicts cannot tell of his victories: the This note providentially fell into the sailor who has never been in a storm has hands of her imperial majesty the em- scarcely seen “the wonders of the Lord press, who condescended to read it, and in the deep.” It is the exercised Chrishaving read it, her imperial majesty was tian, the man who has passed through pleased to express herself much pleased hard training, who will sing loudest both with the plan, and said, “I should like of judgment and of mercy; and knowing to give something to this object," and the faithfulness of God, and the love of sent me a donation of 100 roubles. Never God, and the power of God, he will press before, since the world began, had an forward nothing doubting. empress done anything for Sunday-schools; 4. Few persons have the means of dobut we hope the day is very near when ing much alone, but a man with very